I was 218 on 10/12, I was 209.5 on 10/31. That's a 9lb loss in 3 weeks - or about 3lbs per week. I'm very happy with that. The reason I'm writing this out is because it seems like it took a long time and I thought "well that kind of progress can't continue, my body just hasn't rejected the loss and figured out how its going to plateau yet." (wow, that's pretty negative -what I just wrote. Am I working with my body as an ally or fighting against my body mentally and seeing my metabolism as an adversary? - thoughts to ponder later).
Only three weeks have gone by since my 2nd fill and it just seems like a long time since I got the fill. This progress is really amazing! I know I can't expect numbers like these but I've caught myself again writing out every 10 lb goal on paper and how long I think it will take me to get there. Just so you know - if I lost steadily at 10lbs for every 4 weeks, I'd make my goal of 140 by my next birthday in June 2010. In reading Cara's and Catherine's blogs - I can't help but dream about what it must feel like to have lost what they have and translate that to me and what I could look/feel like.
I measured my waist today and I'm surprised to know I'm 45 in at my waist sitting down, 41in at the same place standing up. That explains a lot about why your pants feel tighter when you sit down. For the rest of my measurements: 39in below my boobs, 14 3/4 upper arms, 11 1/2 forearms, 24 in thighs, 17in calves, 46.5 hips. I measured my forearms b/c its a place I'm selfconscious about b/c I feel like I just have big forearms - wheras most women have very slim forearms and wrists, I do not. :) But I will! Someday!
After weighing consistently at 209 for 4 days, I hopped on the scale this a.m. and weighed 214. What the heck? I drank lots of milk and water yesterday - I was soooo thirsty. I know that was part of it. I also ate halloween chocolate over the weekend and have lost some restriction. I'm curious what I will be tomorrow morning when I weigh myself. 210 I hope?
Today I had a coffee for bfast, ate grilled chicken and mashed potatos for lunch (2cups), ate grilled chicken, mashed potatos and green beans for dinner (2cups). I had chocolate covered raisins around 4pm at my desk - a couple handfuls too many. I ate a halloween-size mini twix bar after dinner. Now, I'm eating raspberries. Yep - the restriction is fleeting but I think I can control that by keeping myself from grazing through the day. Its almost like once I start eating, the band or my stomach gets more and more relaxed and I can eat more. Anyone else see that happening? If I can hold off eating, I seem to do better with restriction later. Its almost like, the more I graze with real food (not liquids), the more the band opens up. I think I'm going to stick with some protein shakes tomorrow and soup for lunch so I can test my band at dinner and hopefully be more restricted for dinner. I can't stall now! I wore size 16 Gap jeans this weekend and need to progress further! I've got to make it to 200 by Thanksgiving and now that's only 24 days away!